Proposal: We Are All Going To Die - You Will Not Survive

Great proposal! Lots of thoughts…

Conclave cost & rev share

A little conflicted on the price – 60k seems like a lot, and 5% is smaller than the 30% norm that was voted on. But the quality seems good and the team seems amazing :pray:.

  1. Are you open to a higher revenue share initially, then lowering it as conclave funds are recovered? So, eg, maybe something like 30% until $5k recovered, 20% until 15k recovered, 10% until the full $60k is recovered, then 5% thereafter?
  2. Are there additional ongoing costs we should anticipate (maintaining servers, …)? What might the costs look like over 1 year after the game is shipped?
  3. How much would it cost to iterate on v1 by adding in new story developments as the lore continues to develop? It’s unclear to me if the ‘weekly and monthly updates’ mentioned in the revenue model are included in the one-time $60k, or if there will be costs associated with ongoing updates.
  4. Could we take the $5k for marketing out of this proposal? We can def have proposals around marking initiatives later on.
  5. Are there other ways to break down the deliverables and sequence the payments as things are delivered? $40k upfront seems like a lot. It also seems like the F2P web2 game might be a good first deliverable. Maybe we could ship the web2 game, see what the adoption is like, then discuss iterations and Web3 features later? Maybe we could split the payment up based on delivery of different game modes (Story mode, endless mode, …)? Or different sets of features?

Some concerns based on previously funded games

  1. In the past a game was a little delayed and we needed to reprioritize the original objectives vs bug fixes. It might be helpful to give a more detailed timeline of deliverables, and a plan for dealing with risks/delays. (But this is a great initial proposal!)

Indefinite Development

  1. Ideally we could keep frictions low if other community developers want/need to work on this. If for some reason the original dev team for this game disbands, how could we ensure the game can continue to be developed, released, and potentially the new developers could benefit from future revenues if needed?
  2. Is the 95% revenue for the original game devs contingent on continued development (updates after lore drops, bug fixes, potentially new feature requests, …)?

The fixed auto-attack direction is a staple of the genre.
There’s a reason it’s like this.


There might also be an option of linking a player account to a wallet with NFTs for some kind of bonus without requiring or offering NFTs in game at all.

I’m not sure if Steam would still blacklist that but it could work.


Aiming is a gameplay mechanic we’ve played around to emulate games like Soulstone Survivors and 20 minutes til dawn. I think it could be fun if 1-2 weapons unique weapons utilize this mechanic, but I do think it takes away from individual weapon attack patterns.

I would love help with art! I’ve seen your recent pixel work and it’s amazing!


Hi isk! Great to finally chat; I’ve seen you around Twitter!

A bulk of the 60k is for Rama and me to focus on the development cycle of this game instead of looking elsewhere for income and losing time. The demo posted is a proof of concept in light of the full-fledged experience we will create! Typical indie game dev costs have a median range of 100 - 300k; we’ll definitely be on the lower side with our 2D approach and use of talented contacts!

To get to your specific questions:

  1. I’d be down for a progressive rev-sharing model if it makes the conclave feel more comfortable with the funding, and I think it’s a great suggestion! A linear scaling model that doesn’t impact future game development but also returns value to the conclave would be great.

  2. The game will be server-hosted, but we’d start small and scale accordingly; I’d initially look for server costs to be 1.5k - 2k yearly.

  3. Continued costs to develop the game after V1 is paid for via game sales or in-game sales, depending on what rev model we and the conclave can agree upon. If we go the paid games route having new DLC additions to continue the story and add weapons and characters would be a blast. By monthly and weekly updates, I’m referring to myself keeping the community abreast of how development is going! Showing off newly composed music, monsters, weapons, and game modes!

  4. I’d prefer to keep the budget as intact as possible, 60k is already a small amount in the greater scheme of developing a game, and if the conclave doesn’t want to utilize funds for marketing, then I can find other places to utilize 5k.

  5. Personal would prefer to give Rama a bit of a runway instead of immediately demanding deliverables! 40k would give us 4-6 months to get music, art, and the game in a great spot for an early access release. Once that’s delivered, we can move forward with the V1.0!

  6. For sure, we can work on a more detailed breakdown of features and game builds. I would love to keep things as flexible as possible for Rama’s sake!

  7. No issues with leaving the game open-source for others to make their own mods and games!

  8. The OG base game developed by Rama and I will continue to receive revenue from the said game that we create; any iterations or derivative games developed with our source code can be monetized and built by whomever.

I hope that answers all your questions!


Steam has pretty light enforcement of the NFT thing.

Awful game, but this thing is entirely an NFT game with links to its NFT Twitter / Discord and requiring wallet connection and token ownership to play. It’s been living uncontested on Steam since August 2021.

There are other examples if you dig them up.

Though, assuming WAGDIE: YWNS isn’t an “NFT Game” in the sense that it’s all about token ownership / farming, and there’s actually a decent game in there only enhanced a bit by token ownership, then I don’t think it’ll cause any commotion if it’s integrated tastefully.

Or, as @b33f_eth suggested; launch a version on Steam that doesn’t have any NFT integration.

If the NFT integration is the be-all-end-all of the experience, then we could also hit up EPIC and seek some sort of exclusivity deal. They’d pay a bag of cash up front if they like the game, are pretty pro-NFT, and there’s a second bag of cash if they ever want to make it their free game of the week.


Mutually happy to chat! And thanks for the quick reply.

  1. Awesome, interested to hear what the rest of the conclave thinks here.
  2. Should 1.5-2k/year be included in the proposal?

4-6. Yeah I’d appreciate a more detailed breakdown of features and game builds, maybe as milestones for each month. Sorry if this comes off as demanding deliverables! – I’m more trying to keep realistic expectations / anticipate what would be prioritized if there are unexpected delays, and assess if anything risks getting cut or needing additional funding or additional time. Happy to be flexible as the project progresses, and I’d probably still support the proposal for $40k upfront!

3,7,8 - makes sense & sounds good!


Steam did ban games with NFT integration. I know that Epic does have NFT games and it seems they don’t have a problem with them.


I’m really excited by this proposal and I have full confidence in the team. Agree with others on negotiating the 5% back to conclave. Perhaps we could increase the amount in exchange for DAO support / services (like art, co-marketing, etc.).


I posted these in Discord, but also laying out here for posterity and as a point of information for all those whove never seen such a thing.

The following are industry standard publishing agreements for indie games.
Raw Fury is a leader in the space, and they routinely get top-talent.

On a $60k dev proposal, here’s how their structure would break down:

  • Developer gets $60k broken out into monthly or milestone chunks
  • Publisher marks that up by 15% (dev now owes $69k)
  • Publisher adds on marketing spend (let’s call it $11k for simplicity)
  • 100% of all revenues from the game go to publisher until $80k is paid back
  • After all $80k is paid back, then developer gets 70% of everything thereafter.

All of this is net, after most distributors (Steam, Nintendo, Apple, etc) take their 30%.

Now… there are definitely more agreeable terms than this, but it’s not far from most.

For example, Whitethorn doesn’t markup, and has flexible percentages during recoup:

That Whitethorn deal also comes with a 2 year limit on publisher return post-profit. After they’ve recouped their investment they only have 2 years to make profit on the title before it all reverts to developer.

For the record:
SWIM signed two publishing agreements in their time, and prefers independence.


I’m on board with this. Very initial reaction was “half of the treasury, sheesh” … but the reaction and input from people more knowledgeable about this space than me, reassures me that there is a lot of potential here. As long as the business model is sound, I say we go for it and get this game rocking.


Absolutely love to hear this! I’ll definitely get my hands into modding and contributing where I can.

Very excited about Story Mode. @Rollinorama knows Wagdie world so well and will absolutely nail it with his style!


Totally, makes sense, once I get used to it, it’s fun!


Thank you! Yeah happy to make art for it. Would love to be in the loop for art production. Love the game.


Summary Feedback from Jan 23 Meeting:

  • The community would like an AMA with @b33f_eth and @Rollinorama
  • Structure of milestone deliverables is requested before moving to vote
  • Update of proposal to reflect minimum 30% return to Conclave is required
  • Outline of distribution account management required (who controls store pages?)
  • Outline of financial management required (what bank do revenues go to?)
  • Proposal currently contains both F2P and Paid model language, needs clarity
  • Current timeline only suggests 4-6 months for beta, with no timeline to release

Please re-write your proposal however you see fit.
Notify when finished, and it will be reevaluated.

If you wish to have the AMA as requested by the community, just state your availability.


I think ‘everyone’ is excited and wants to move forward @b33f_eth and @Rollinorama but think there’s more details needed to move forward but I feel like y’all have this in the bag.

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Hey King!

I’m working on ironing out the language now!

I will have the proposal updated within the next 1-2 days.


Everyone’s super hype about it.

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Adjustments to the proposal have been made!

Let me know when you guys want to do an AMA, I’m free Thursday 1/26 or we can do it next week.


Would you be willing / able to join the next public Conclave Meeting in the community Discord Tavern Voice Chat?

It’s open to everyone, was fairly orderly last time we did it, and would give the majority of the most engaged community the best opportunity to ask and hear answers.

It runs Monday nights at 8PM EST.
If that doesn’t work, we could also find some time within the week that works ideally.